May 29 – Revenge
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44 / John 18:25-40 / Psalm 68:15-20
Sometimes there is a fine line between vengeance and justice. A notable difference is that of motivation – vengeance is fed by bitterness and justice is concerned about truth. David’s men encouraged him to take vengeance upon the unsuspecting Saul as they were hiding in the back of the cave. “This is the day the Lord spoke of when He said to you I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish. (1 Sam 24:4)
David certainly had a valid reason to defend himself against the unjust attacks of King Saul yet there was a greater law governing David. He did not consider Saul the “enemy” but considered him to be God’s “anointed”. David felt great conviction and shame after he cut the corner of Saul’s robe. He rebuked his soldiers and prevented them from carrying out their plan to kill Saul.
David showed great restraint because he knew God was his avenger. He did not need to take matters into his hands. God would defend David and rightfully bring justice. As Saul was a distance away, David called out and showed him the corner of his robe saying, “May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me but my hand will not touch you.” (v.12)
Like David, when we recognize God’s call upon our life, rest in His faithfulness to protect us and humble ourselves to His correction – God will defend us. Then life isn’t about them or us…but about God. We do not need to take matters into our hands but leave them in God’s hand!